IT WAS business as usual yesterday as the Duchess of Sussex wore items from her own fashion range on her first official public engagement since maternity leave.
Five capsule pieces have been produced in a collaboration with high street brands — and every item purchased will help an unemployed woman back to work.
Meghan, 38, whose son Archie was born in May, was at John Lewis in London’s Oxford Street to launch the Smart Set collection for Smart Works, a charity that provides training and interview clothes.
The duchess said that when someone buys a piece from the range, the store will donate the same item to a Smart Works client ‘and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career’.
Wearing a £125 white shirt by her designer friend Misha Nonoo and a pair of black Jigsaw trousers (£120), she added: ‘As women, it is 100 per cent our responsibility to support and uplift each other.’
A Jigsaw blazer and a classic Marks & Spencer shift dress priced at £19.50 are also in the collection. A £109 John Lewis tote bag has already sold out online.
The duchess said she heard about the bag just before she arrived, responding: ‘That’s great.’